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Jan 31

F1: Ecclestone Slams New Formula 1 Rules As A ‘Total Farce’

Bernie Ecclestone. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Bernie Ecclestone. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Bernie Ecclestone has done little to reassure fans who harbor doubts about the new F1 rules by branding this week’s testing in Jerez as a “total farce.”

Ecclestone has long made his feelings about the rule change clear, especially with regard to the noise made by the engines.

Jan 31

F1: Hamilton States New Cars Are A Challenge For Team And Driver

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes W05 during day 4 of testing in Jerez. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes W05 during day 4 of testing in Jerez.
(Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton completed his Jerez running on Thursday sounding very satisfied with progress at Mercedes as the W05 continued to log laps.

Hamilton also made some interesting observations on what it’s like to drive the current cars.

Jan 31

F1: Red Bull Packs Up Early After Disastrous Opening Test

Daniel Ricciardo struggles during the final day of Jerez testing in RB10 Renault. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Daniel Ricciardo struggles during the final day of Jerez testing in RB10 Renault.
(Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Red Bull’s woes continued in Jerez today as Daniel Ricciardo ran only seven laps before the team was forced to pack up for the day.

The team has logged a total of just 21 laps over the four days, and very few were other than trips straight back to the pits.

Jan 30

SX: The Holeshot — 22 Takeaways From Oakland

Riders prepare for the gate to drop in Oakland. (Photo: Monster Energy Supercross / Simon Cudby)

Riders prepare for the gate to drop in Oakland. (Photo: Monster Energy Supercross / Simon Cudby)

Monster Energy Supercross’ lone visit to California’s Bay Area brought the best dirt and one of the most difficult tracks of the 2014 season inside Oakland’s O.co Coliseum. There was great racing all night and it was the first time riders really pushed it to the limits and let their bikes do the work. The champ Ryan Villopoto made his biggest statement thus far while the racing gods continued to smile down on Jason Anderson.

Each week, The Holeshot will provide 22 takeaways – a full starting gate – from the most recent round of action.

1. Riders were vocal about how great the dirt was in Oakland and it was obvious simply by looking at it. Following three weeks of dry, hard-packed dirt that cool, moist air ultimately makes slick, the world’s best riders were greeted with tacky soil full of grip. For the normal fan, the dirt is something that is taken for granted when watching a race, but it can play a huge role in the level of competition.